The Textile Ministry of India recently celebrated the textile heritage of India by organizing the iconic Red Fort’s first-ever fashion show – ‘Artisan Speak’, showcasing India’s vivid textile and honor the story of each design and the hands behind the loom.

The Red Fort, which is usually used to hosting patriotic events, tourists and museum visitors witnessed a one-of-its-kind event – a fashion show. On the chilly evening on Saturday, the political leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs and artisans gathered up to enjoy the first-ever fashion show hosted at Red Fort called the ‘Artisan Speak’ arranged by the Textile Ministry. The newly refurbished complex of Red Fort called the Sawan Pavilion, makes it a perfect place to host fashion events with the stunning Zafar Mahal in the backdrop.

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In the fashion show, the visitors witnessed the essence of each and every drop of contribution to India’s textile industry by some of the best textile stalwarts, as well as the work of 16 other artisans. The core idea of hosting such a unique fashion show was to open up a gateway to for some of India’s top designers known for working with traditional textiles and craft and bolster the Indian textile heritage on an international level. It also became a massive platform for designers like Madhu Jain, who introduced the bamboo fiber, an eco-friendly alternative textile, and  world’s first bamboo-silk Ikat textile to the people and also managed to bag the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Apart from that, seven Special Recognition Awards were given to individuals and an organization by Union Textile Minister, Smriti Irani for their work and contribution in keeping traditional textile heritage alive. 13 master artisans- six Padma Shri awardees and seven Sant Kabir awardees that included Ramkishore Chippa from Rajasthan, an expert in Bagru and dabu hand block printing, Gajam Anjaiah from Andhra, who weaves Ikat and Kota saris, and Langpoklakpam Subadani Devi from Manipur, known for her work in art weaving, were among those who were honoured with awards at the event. Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) president Sunil Sethi also bagged the Special Recognition Award for promoting handicraft and textiles, and for his pursuit of the Made in India ideology.